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JoeyBallgame
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Live on East End just up from Vessup, came home in the middle of the day to find back door open & busted.

They took a 32" plasma & an iPad 2......only small stuff that's easy to carry. Cops said I was the 2nd house in that area today, they also said that alot of smaller tv's like 32" are getting taken. We have 2 more tv's in the house that are 46" & above plasmas, but they left those alone.

Be on the look out, cops told me this is a little wave they're seeing right now.

They didn't destroy anything in the house, they even took the ear buds out of my iPad & left em on the ground for me......at least they were smart enough to take the remote for the tv & the charger for the iPad.

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Topic starter Posted : April 18, 2012 7:39 pm
VIsnorkeler
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OH NO!! My sympathies. I live near Secret Harbor on the East End, as well. I will be certain to be more wary than normal!

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Posted : April 18, 2012 7:47 pm
speee1dy
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sorry to hear that Joey

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Posted : April 18, 2012 7:56 pm
OldTart
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This happened quite recently in my neighborhood and led to the currently-a-work-in-progress Neighborhood Watch group. The VIPD has been awesome in their support. These gangs travel from 'hood to 'hood and then when watch groups are set up and the police presence is highly noticeable they move on to another area. I've been involved with Neighborhood Watch groups in the past and can attest to their efficacy. I'm guessing you haven't been in the area for too long but you might want to talk with your landlord (if he lives nearby) about the residents/owners getting together. Once these gangs hit an area they're pretty slick and the quicker you can get their activities nipped in the bud the better. So sorry and good luck.

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Posted : April 18, 2012 8:42 pm
JoeyBallgame
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Our landlord just so happens to be Special Ops on St. Johns, so he is tied into the police.

The cops who came here to take the report were great, they put my mind at ease a little bit.

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Topic starter Posted : April 18, 2012 8:52 pm
blu4u
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Sorry joey. That sucks.

Now that the bad guys know what you have, do not be surprised if they come back for round two.

To all, If you happen to surprise a thief, do NOT be hero. Avoid confrontation at all cost. No property is worth your life.

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Posted : April 19, 2012 1:02 am
ms411
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The police have known about this crime wave for quite some time, and did a stakeout at the El Cubano Bar in Smith Bay earlier this week, I think. They arrested someone when they caught them with stolen flat-screen tvs.

We recently formed a Crime Watch in my neighborhood. The police apprehended and arrested an attempted burglary suspect last week, and another attempted burglary was stopped when the owner sounded his air horn for a few minutes. Everybody in our neighborhood is encouraged to get several horns.

The police said this is a very organized crime ring. They warned us to be on the lookout for people who may LOOK like they're working for WAPA or some other agency, when they're actually checking the residents' daily routines. They encouraged us NOT to discard packaging for expensive items anywhere near our property.

Flat screen tvs and itoys are the most popular items, and we were encouraged to mark all valuables. The officers have been extremely helpful.

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Posted : April 19, 2012 1:40 pm
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